The Bottom of ‘Gay’ St. Sebastian

Why does St. Sebastian remain a gay icon? We’re not exactly sure – and neither is Charles Darwent: “Not only was St Sebastian middle-aged and butch, he wasn’t killed with arrows. Punctured, yes, but not killed. The perforated martyr was rescued from the stake and nursed back to health by St Irene of Rome – a woman, boys – before unwisely haranguing Diocletian for his paganism as he passed by on a litter. Unmoved by his tenacity, the emperor had Sebastian clubbed to death; his body was then dumped in Rome’s sewers. Had history been less kind, he might have ended up as patron saint of poo.” [Independent via GNW]